VALLEYWIDE (3TV/CBS 5) – The Waste Management Phoenix Open is one of the Valley’s biggest events of the year, drawing hundreds of thousands of people to Scottsdale over the course of a week. Tournament play starts Thursday (Jan. 30) but the biggest day – the one that usually breaks attendance records – is Saturday. For many, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a see-and-be-seen event that’s not to be missed. Others, however, do their best to steer clear of Scottsdale and anything even remotely golf-related. If you’re the latter, we’ve put together a list of other things to do Phoenix Open weekend.
Legends of Speed is the first major exhibition of racing cars presented at Phoenix Art Museum. The landmark exhibition features more than 20 legendary cars by Maserati, Mercedes, Alfa Romeo, Ford, and more, an unprecedented collection of cars driven by some of the greatest drivers in the history of racing, including A.J. Foyt, Dan Gurney, and Stirling Moss.
Featured cars have won many of the world’s most iconic races, including Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500, and the Italian Grand Prix, and were loaned to the Museum by internationally recognized collectors from Arizona and across the United States. Legends of Speed offers an unparalleled opportunity for Museum guests to experience and learn about some of the most successful and famous race cars of all time.
When: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Tickets: $18- $23 for adults; $15- $20 for seniors 65+; $13- $18 for students with ID; Free- $14 for Youth / Free for Museum Members and Military Families
Note: If you can't make it, the exhibit runs through March 15.
Bonus: All current exhibitions, like Ansel Adams: Performing the Print, Yayoi Kusama’s You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies, and [Re]purposed, are included with general admission.
Desert Botanical Garden’s newest art exhibition, straight from Milan, is an installation that features animal sculptures made from colorful and recyclable plastic.
The vibrant art forms are the creations of Cracking Art, a collective of artists who specialize in plastic as an artistic medium with the intention of radically changing the history of art through a strong social and environmental commitment. The creatures featured in Wild Rising not only capture the magnificence of nature but also address global and local sustainability and conservation issues, including climate change, plastic in the oceans, and the importance of recycling.
With 12 installations, visitors will see 20 penguins posing among the cactus and 40 majestic grey wolves guarding the Sybil B. Harrington Cactus and Succulent Galleries.
When: Daily, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Where: Desert Botanical Garden,
Tickets: $24.95–$29.95 for adults; $14.95 for youth 3-17; free for children 2 and younger; free for members; free for active military personnel with valid government ID
Bonus: Elephant in the Room (10 a.m.-5 p.m.), a thought-provoking interactive art exhibit in Ottosen Gallery that invites visitors to dig into rotating worldly topics and commit to reducing human impact on the natural world. The interactive art exhibit will feature topics related to biodiversity and climate change, including environmental happiness, cactus as a threatened species, and the culture of convenience.
Note: If you can't make it, these exhibits are here until May 10.
3. LIVE PRO WRESTLING: AWF SHOWDOWN AT ODYSEA IN THE DESERT
Arizona Wrestling Federation as it brings action-packed pro wrestling and lucha libre every Friday night to OdySea in the Desert in Scottsdale. Pro wrestling is about as different from golf as it gets, right? Yes, like the Waste Management Phoenix Open, this is in Scottsdale, but it’s south of the TPC along the 101, so you should be OK. Front-row tickets are $15. Adult general-admission tickets are $10, and kids GA tickets are $5.
When: Friday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Where: OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale
Event info: 602-730-2216
Bonus: There’s a ton of stuff to do at OdySea in the Desert. Attractions include Surprise Your Eyes, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs, OdySea Aquarium, and Butterfly Wonderland.
Once a year, ASU Open Door invites the local community, adults, and children of all ages, to experience ASU and discover why it was named one of the most innovative universities in the nation three years in a row. ASU Open Door welcomes visitors to our four campus locations, allowing visitors to explore the spaces accessible only to ASU students – laboratories, living collections, museums, and classrooms. Visitors have the opportunity to participate in hundreds of interactive, hands-on activities and talk to students, faculty, and staff.
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker, lifelong learner, science guru, art enthusiast or adventure-seeker, you can find a unique experience at every ASU campus, and we invite you to visit them all during ASU Open Door. (The downtown Phoenix Open Door is Saturday, Feb. 8, and the Tempe event is Saturday, Feb. 22.)
Activities at ASU West include:
• Glow in the Dark Rocks
• Make a solar oven!
• Lava Bottle Creation
• Let’s Get Down to Business with a Knight-Swift Semi Truck!
• Neuroscience of Chocolate
• Put your tying skills to the test with the W.P. Carey School of Business!
• You Can Do the Cube – Rubik’s Cube Competition
• Create your own Neuron
• The Human Body: Fantastic Voyage
• Fooling the Brain and the Art of Visual Illusions
• Name that tune!
• Design your own Button!
• Can You Beat A Lie Detector?
• The Real CSI!
• Book Bingo, Memes, & More
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Where: ASU West Campus, Glendale (51st Avenue and Thunderbird Road)
Event info: 480-965-1236
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 6 p.m.
Where: Gila River Arena
Tickets: Starting at $60
The Coyotes take the ice against the Blackhawks in this NHL matchup.
6A. LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Year of the Rat at Desert Ridge Marketplace with cultural performances by 9 Dragons Kung Fu, festival activities, art from Great Hearts Academy, games and more.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix
Information: 480-513-7586 or shopdesertridge.com
6B. FULL MOON LANTERN FEST
Bring in the Year of the Rat with this family-friendly event featuring lion dancers, daiko drummers, and martial arts demonstrations. Activities also include an Asian-inspired fashion show and an interactive Moon Meditation Yoga. Many of the locally owned shops and restaurants in the area will have make and take activities, interactive demonstrations, store promotions and special sales throughout the day.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Historic Downtown Glendale, 5800 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale.
7. MONSTER JAM
The most action-packed motorsports experience for families in the world today returns to Phoenix for another high-octane season featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement.
Monster Jam is the big leagues of motorsports competition, where 12,000-pound trucks and the world-class athletes who drive them tear up the dirt with gravity-defying feats. Engineered to perfection, the legendary Grave Digger®, Max-D™, El Toro Loco® and many more push all limits in Freestyle, 2 Wheel Skills Challenge™ and Racing competitions testing their agility, speed, and versatility. From unbelievable action to unexpected thrills, this is full throttle family fun!
Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m. (Gates open), 7 p.m. (show starts)
Where: State Farm Stadium , One Cardinals Drive, Glendale
Join Liberty Wildlife and the City of Phoenix Park Rangers for monthly walks along the Peace Trail at the Rio Salado.
Learn about the history of this urban wildlife zone as well as it's future with the Rio Re-imagined project in the works.
See native wildlife and plants species right here in our own backyard.
Expect to walk about 2 miles for about 90 minutes. It all depends on what is seen!
Bring a refillable water bottle, sturdy shoes, and a pair of binoculars if you have them.
The walk is free to all. Meet at Liberty Wildlife at 8:30am.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 8:30 a.m.
Where: 2600 E. Elwood St., Phoenix
The Downtown Mesa Festival of the Arts is a free volunteer-run event featuring unique creations from emerging and established artists, music, food, and fun for the whole family.
When: Saturday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Near Mesa Arts Center
This small local neighborhood market features tons of local vendors, artists, handmade and upcycled goods, edibles, plus free activities and a kid zone. Admission is free.
When: Sunday, Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 700 W. Campbell Ave., Phoenix
Note: Dog friendly!